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    Default The Siege of Tralee, 1920

    In the first week of November 1920, Tralee was oout under lockdown by RIC and Black and Tan forces in reprisal for a series of IRA shootings on the night of October31st-Novembers 1st that led at least 7 poolicemen dead and 9 more wounded.

    Two of the dead were missing and the 'siege of Tralee' was an effort to force the IRA to releae them, they were in fact already dead.

    The Siege of Tralee, November 1

    This grim series of reprisals on both sides may be used for propganda of one side or th other but perhaps the best lesson to take from it is simply the brutality of political violence?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnD66 View Post
    In the first week of November 1920, Tralee was oout under lockdown by RIC and Black and Tan forces in reprisal for a series of IRA shootings on the night of OCtober31st-Novembers 1st that led at least 7 poolicemen dead and 9 more wounded.

    Two of the dead were missing and the 'siege of Tralee' was an effort to force the IRA to releae them, they were in fact already dead.

    The Siege of Tralee, November 1

    This grim series of reprisals on both sides may be used for propganda of one side or th other but perhaps the best lesson to take from it is simply the brutality of political violence?
    It never would have happened if the democratic wishes of the majority of Irish people had been respected in 1918 and the establishment Dail Eireann had not been met with repression and terror by Crown forces against the Irish people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hitch 22 View Post
    It never would have happened if the democratic wishes of the majority of Irish people had been respected in 1918 and the establishment Dail Eireann had not been met with repression and terror by Crown forces against the Irish people.
    You've changed your tune!

    THat's true though. My sympathies would be entirely with the republians of the era. I just think it's important to remember that violence, wherever it comes from or why is an ugly thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnD66 View Post
    In the first week of November 1920, Tralee was oout under lockdown by RIC and Black and Tan forces in reprisal for a series of IRA shootings on the night of OCtober31st-Novembers 1st that led at least 7 poolicemen dead and 9 more wounded.

    Two of the dead were missing and the 'siege of Tralee' was an effort to force the IRA to releae them, they were in fact already dead.

    The Siege of Tralee, November 1

    This grim series of reprisals on both sides may be used for propganda of one side or th other but perhaps the best lesson to take from it is simply the brutality of political violence?
    Surely the brutality of all violence or war...

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    Wasn't all brutality, though:

    Famously the RIC garrison in Listowell, in the north of the county mutinied rather than carry out instructions to shoot any republican suspects who failed to stop after a shouted warning.

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    Anybody interested in setting up a thread, 'The Siege of Tralee, 1974'?


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    Quote Originally Posted by SeamusNapoleon View Post
    Anybody interested in setting up a thread, 'The Siege of Tralee, 1974'?

    Go on then, explain...

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    It was a pretty dark time in Tralee alright. Not in the romantic sense that we were taught in schools though.

    People were actually starved because the Brits blockaded the town so no food could get in. They killed a number of people indiscriminately on the streets including a pregnant mother in Caherina in Strand Road.

    According to folklore the two policemen were burned alive in Tralee gas works. But that sounds like propaganda. More likely they were plugged and their bodies burned to hide the evidence.

    A pretty bleak episode in our local history that got worldwide attention. Not many people locally probably even know about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lain2016 View Post
    Surely the brutality of all violence or war...
    Yep. My point is there's nothing romantic about it when seen up close. On the Somme in Tralee or wherever.

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    The town is still under siege but these days it's by chavs.

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